Jared Allen doesn’t think about getting to the Hall of Fame

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Former NFL defensive end Jared Allen ranks 11th on the all-time NFL sack list. It’s enough to get him consideration for Canton, eventually.

During a recent visit to PFT Live, Allen said he doesn’t think about that, although he admitted that he thinks about the sacks he nearly missed. Enough, he believes, to have finished in the top five.

He also spoke at length regarding how he’d like to be remembered as a player, sharing along the way the note he received from a Hall of Famer who played the same position.

Allen’s appearance on PFT Live occurred in conjunction with a promotion from Courtyard that gave one specific father in Minnesota a great surprise for Father’s Day.

32 responses to “Jared Allen doesn’t think about getting to the Hall of Fame

  1. I don’t think so. To me he’s a bubble guy. If he goes in that officially creates slot of snubs.

  2. Ranking 11th is nice, but I believe Chris Doleman ended his HOF career ranked higher. Allen’s case would have been stronger with a SB appearance. He wasn’t dominant like Derrick Thomas was, it will take a while, with a number of strong candidates already on the ballot.

  3. why would he care about the sacks he nearly missed …

    wouldn’t he care and reflect on those he nearly made … but didn’t?

  4. Why play if not trying to be one of the best to to it? The Hall is meant for the best. No player has the ability to win a championship all by himself and many things have to go right for a team to win. All a player can control is his greatness. You play to be great so I don’t get not thinking about being a HOFer

  5. He and Kevin Williams will be in the ring of honor soon. Kevin Williams has a great shot at the hall of fame. People forget the dominance he displayed his entire career.

  6. I wouldn’t call him a hof’er unless you let guys like Jerome Bettie and Terrel Davis in…

    What!?! No way, those guys are in? Then Allen should be a lock.

  7. Very marginal-call. I’d say no but then I’d say no to over half that do get in! So he might just get in with HoF voters keen to give some love to the SB-poor Vikings with whom Jard is mainly remembered. But there’s the 3 DUIs whilst a player, and the 2007 row with the Chiefs after they (sensibly in my view) refused to give him a long extension in the wake of his 2006 imprisonment after his 3rd DUI. He does some charity work now, so maybe HoF voters will have short memories. If he wore more bling and talked out of his backside on BSPN for 8 days a week he’d be almost certainly voted in 1st or 2nd time of asking.

  8. Great player, great personality, changed his life around once he left KC. Borderline, maybe an eventual enshrinement.

    He was a classic high-motor guy, but his downfall to me was his hands. If Ndamukong Suh or John Randle got a grip on you, you were as good as tackled. But not with Jared, many guys slipped out of those grasps with him. With hands? Yeah, I can see a top five in career sacks.

  9. I’m curious how many of you think Mathis and Freeney should be in then if the overall consensus of the commenters is that he’s out?

  10. lewsblues says:
    Jun 18, 2017 4:57 PM
    why would he care about the sacks he nearly missed …
    wouldn’t he care and reflect on those he nearly made … but didn’t?
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    You clearly never played sports. Its easy to remember the wins or hits. It’s more painful to remember the wiffs or losses.
    Winners want to improve, hence the “would have, could have”.

  11. He just needs to sew up his own Hall of Fame jacket and wear it to every interview like a certain wide receiver who I will not name like Coach Parcells.

  12. I’d put his chances at around 70%. Good player, sometimes very good verging on great, but not completely dominant. I don’t think he ever “took over a game” (which is admittedly hard for a defender to do) but I don’t think he ever disappeared for an entire game either (until very late in his career).

  13. I enjoyed having Jared Allen on the Vikings. He was a different character, he was pretty funny and seemed to be a good guy.

  14. greg3117 says:
    Jun 19, 2017 3:07 AM
    lewsblues says:
    Jun 18, 2017 4:57 PM
    why would he care about the sacks he nearly missed …
    wouldn’t he care and reflect on those he nearly made … but didn’t?
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    You clearly never played sports.
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    lewsblue was telling a joke.

  15. This is what happens when you let players like Terrell Davis and Jerome Bettis in.

    It cheapens the HOF.

  16. Here is my issue with Jared Allen and the HOF, like so many Vikings, Allen disappeared in the big playoff games. Sure he accumulated sack totals during the regular season but a high percentage of them were against back up tackles playing because of injury to the starters. Allen is famous for padding his stats against sub standard competition.

    But when it came time to carrying his defense in the playoffs, he was a no show and thus his teams never made it to the Superbowl.

  17. The only reasonable argument against HOF enshrinement is that he didn’t do it long enough. He has a higher sack/game percentage than almost everyone. He was good against the run and one of the best at covering the flats or TE’s. The cherry on top? He was the backup long snapper too.

    Guys like Demarcus Ware, Reggie White and Kevin Greene are the only ones who sacked more people per game than Jared Allen. He didn’t have the longevity that many of the other guys did.

  18. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jun 19, 2017 7:46 AM
    I’d put his chances at around 70%. Good player, sometimes very good verging on great, but not completely dominant. I don’t think he ever “took over a game” (which is admittedly hard for a defender to do) but I don’t think he ever disappeared for an entire game either (until very late in his career).
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    As a Lions fan, I can say for certain that he took over games (He abused our decent LT Jeff Backus). Third down late in the game when the Lions needed it? Sack.

  19. purpleguy says:

    I’d just as soon they get Jim Marshall in there first.
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    Ya, Jim Marshall epitomizes the Minnesota Vikings, he ran the wrong way thinking he just scored a touchdown and threw away the ball for a 2 point safety. The Vikings have not reversed direction since then.

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